Weight is a balancing act and calorie intake is part of that equation. Different diets may promise this and that but when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count.
Weight loss comes down to burning more calories than we take in. We can do that by reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity.
Once we understand that equation, we are ready to set our weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching them.
If we have serious health problems because of our weight, our G.P. may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications. In this case, the doctor will need to thoroughly discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks.
But don't forget the bottom line: The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making permanent changes in our diet and exercise habits.